Simmons leads way for Mariners
AFTER a disciplined bowling performance at Lark Hill, Rockingham-Mandurah took the honours on day one of its round 12 WA Premier League cricket match against University.
Skipper Craig Simmons led the way with four wickets and added another milestone to a fine career by claiming his 200th firstgrade wicket for the Mariners.
After Simmons won the toss, his opening attack of Leon Coombs (2-50) and Jordan Clark (2-31) got to work and set Uni back at 3-13.
Change bowler Eric Botha (1-34) and Aaron Burrage stuck to their tasks and ensured no let up on the students.
Burrage, in particular, bowled well in partnerships with 12 maidens from his 17 overs and a return of 1-15.
Simmons bowled 24 overs just a week after returning from a fractured digit to claim 4-43 as University was dismissed for 192.
He is just the second member of the 200 club in Rockingham-Mandurah’s 18 years of top grade cricket.
At stumps, the Mariners are 1-26 and require another 167 runs to take the points and move within reach of Uni in the top six.
It was similar for the second grade side, who knocked over the students at James Oval for 191 and will resume on day two at 1-45.
Left-arm spinner Ryan Done did most of the work, bowling 27 overs for the reward of 4-85.
Tyler Robertson (3-12), Callum Austen (2-37) and Ronan Hogarth (1-22) also bowled well before Robertson (26no) and Kai Harrison (16no) set up their team for a big day out with a solid first hour.
University are favourites in third and fourth grade after bowling RockinghamMandurah out before making good headway into reaching their victory targets.